Private equity investments in consumer durables companies have leveled off in the past several years. According to the PitchBook Platform, 467 U.S.- or Canada-based companies in the industry have taken in PE investments since the beginning of 2007. Since 2010, deal activity has remained pretty static. 2010 nearly doubled the activity of 2010 (69 deals versus 37), but that number hardly changed in 2011 (71 deals) or 2012 (72).
Broken down further, companies that deal in household appliances have been subject to three times as many PE investments so far this year than in all of 2012. Investments in recreational goods companies have also increased in recent years, almost doubling from 2011 to 2012 (13 deals to 25). And 2013 deal activity in business equipment and supplies providers has already eclipsed last year's activity.